Shop the Muse: Celebrate International Cat Day with Maud Lewis

by Tegwen Gwenhwyfar (Summer Student) and Shelby Smith

Are you the kind of person that can’t imagine a better afternoon than cozied up beside a cat? Well, today is a day to celebrate our furry friends: today (August 8th) is International Cat Day! 🐈

Canadian folk artist, Maud Lewis, was also a cat-lover. From early childhood and throughout her life, Maud Lewis adored cats. In fact, cats were the subject of several of her beloved paintings, as they were one of her favourite things to paint.

Photograph of Maud Lewis merchandise that features cats including: a mug, a white cat enamel pin, pink sucks with blue and white cats, and a black cat keychain.
We are excited to offer a variety merchandise featuring Maud’s cherished cats in the Douglas Family Art Centre’s gift shop to help you show off your love of cats!  The Muse is open 10am – 5pm, seven days a week until the end of August.


  • Maud Lewis White Cat Enamel Pin. $8
  • Maud Lewis Cat Mug. $16
  • Maud Lewis Cat Socks. $14
  • Maud Lewis Black Cat Keychain. $6

Did you know?

In 1870 the Wolseley Expedition went through this area on route to the Red River Valley. Major General Garnet Wolseley got impatient and set out to cross the lake in a storm.  He got lost on the Lake of the Woods for two whole days!